The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1990 –  Kristen Jahraus of St. Peter was named Miss Fayette County Fair, and Aubrey Harre of Brownstown was chosen Little Miss.
Vandalia Junior High School cheerleaders were chosen the best squad at the NCA camp at Lake Land College, attended by more than 300 girls. Mandi Wasmuth, a member of the squad, was one of six cheerleaders nominated for All-American cheerleader.
The Fayette County Pork Producers dedicated their new pavilion at the Fayette County Fair to the late Kenneth Durbin, who was president of the organization from 1984-87.
Nina Ray was elected senior regent of the newly formed Women of the Moose Auxiliary.

30 Years Ago

1985 –  Fayette County Hospital approved a room rate increase for both acute care and nursing home sections.
Members of the Vandalia Industrial Development Commission were honored during pre-game ceremonies at Busch Stadium. More than 375 residents were on hand for Vandalia Night at the ball game.
The Vandalia City Council approved an improved lighting system on North Eighth Street, from Gochenour Street to Randolph Street.
An escapee from Vandalia Correctional Center was captured an hour later along the levee by Warden Alfred Buscher and Assistant Warden Mike Baker.
The Dennis Pyles bought the Okaw Area Vocational Center’s building trades class home.

40 Years Ago

1975 – Harold Walker was named principal for Central School at a school board regular meeting on Tuesday night.
FAYCO was given the keys to the old Fayette County Nursing Home for a sheltered workshop.
According to Mayor Elvin Washburn, the council would open bids on Monday for a 50-space parking lot. It was to be ready for use in 60 days.
Fayette County Civil Defense got a D rating in a check by a federal evaluator.
First National Bank invited everyone to enter its flower show to be held July 25 in the lobby.
After having served as Illinois veterans’ officer in Vandalia since September 1944, Cecil Grandfield retired.

50 Years Ago

1965 –  Architects were hired to draw plans for a new county jail. Fayette County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a six-year, long-range highway program.
County supervisors approved a contribution of $300 to the Fayette County Fair.
A large hog barn on the Charles Clark farm was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning.
Junior Girl Scouts who attended day camp at Ramsey Lake Park were: Candy Carnes, Deni Francois, Nancy Britt, Susan Low, Ann Barnett, Karolyn Kelley, Elizabeth Catanizaro, Roberta Gnavi, Mary Hiatt, Martha Dees, Donna Dickerson, Cindy Barnett, Debbie Dees, Paula Mullins, Marsha Calvert, Sharon Rush, Cathy McAlpin, Terry Davis, Judy Hartwick and Rhonda Cearlock. Junior helpers were Debbie Simcox and Janet Davis.
The Moose Lodge approved the purchase of a lot for a new lodge hall at Third and Edwards. They hoped to be in there by the end of the year. The lodge was presently meeting in the second floor of the old armory, which Farmers and Merchants Bank planned to raze.
Sandy Snyder, swimming instructor, announced the dates for first of a series of swimming contest at the pool, July 22-23.
The Vandalia Jaycees started a project known as “Keep Illinois Beautiful.”
Regina Nestrick won the 100-yard dash in the Jaycees Sports Jamboree at Sullivan on Saturday to qualify her for state finals at Charleston, Aug. 5-7.

60 Years Ago

1955 –  The Vandalia story was told on TV on Sunday by six men: G.V. Blythe, school superintendent; Don Brummett, city aldermen; Harry Rogier, president of First National Bank; William A. Deems, executive director, Fayette County Hospital; Harry Truitt, narrator; J.B. Turner, Farm Bureau county adviser.
Several young people and a few adults went Monday to attend a camp meeting at Eldorado. The Rev. William Henderson served as dean of the camp.
King-sized bottles of Coca-Cola made their first appearance in Vandalia this week.
The old Farina School was being razed to make way for a new modern building.
A picture of Henry Klazing won a prize in the Sunday Decatur Herald photo contest for Leonard Mack.

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